UMass Amherst Education Dean Bailey Jackson to Step Down at End of August

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts School of Education Dean Bailey W. Jackson is resigning as dean at the end of August. He plans to return to the faculty. It was announced by Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Charlena Seymour.

Jackson has been dean since 1990, first as interim, from 1990-94, then as permanent dean since July 1994. He joined the School of Education as a faculty member in 1976, after receiving his master''s degree in education 1972 and his doctorate in education in 1976, both from the University. Before he was dean, he had served in numerous administrative posts including associate dean for academic affairs and director of teacher education.

Chancellor Marcellette G. Williams said: "The contributions by Dean Jackson to the University and the world of education have been substantial. For more than 30 years, extending back to his days as a graduate student at the University, he has served the University, the Commonwealth, and the nation in many notable ways."

She said: "Dean Jackson is a leading theorist in racial identity development and a national expert on multicultural organization development. In the articles he has written, in his service to numerous professional associations, and in his influence in the world of education, he has brought positive attention and prestige to the University."

She added: "I extend my personal best wishes as he strikes a path to new challenges."

Seymour said: "Bailey''s leadership of the School of Education has been consistently excellent. He has been a compelling voice of reason for social justice and diversity, not only on campus but nationally. We will miss his presence on the Dean''s Council, but look forward to working with him in another important role."

Jackson has published articles on numerous topics including: black identity development, social oppression and liberation, multicultural organizational development, and managing diversity in the workplace. He has served as an independent consultant in the area of multicultural organization development to public agencies, schools, and private businesses.